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#16 ibrooks

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 08:06 PM

I wouldn't rely on it as a defence. Apart from bonnet boot and doors the body is probably of more value as scrap steel. It's not difficult to take the paint off the removeable panels or even just to overpaint them and sell them somewhere anonymous so that a buyer can't come back maybe a week later. Weighing in the body - there are plenty unscrupulous scrap metal places that won't look too closely and even if they aren't then all it takes is to build a bonfire in it and let it burn the paint off before roughly chopping it into bits and it's no longer easily identifiable but still weighs just as much.

And that's just assuming they don't get a buyer who doesn't care where the bits might have come from.

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 08:10 PM

lets hope the new 'scrap dealers have to pay into your bank account and not cash' law helps!

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 08:45 PM

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-20568327

The law changed today so fingers crossed stolen metal will be harder to sell.

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 08:48 PM

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-20568327

The law changed today so fingers crossed stolen metal will be harder to sell.


Or it means that the dodgy scrap yards will be paying the thieves less so they will steal more to make the money back up?

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 08:53 PM

Personally I don't think this new law will make any difference. They will still find ways to pay people cash without others noticing. Cynical I know but when money is involved people will always find alternative ways....

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 09:46 PM

Sounds like specialist breakers or exporters to me.

To be flogged on ebay or at shows etc??

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Posted 04 December 2012 - 11:16 AM

Am I right in thinking however (from looking at the tracker & website that Jamesmpi shared) that this tracker from RBS ltd runs primarily on GPS but then switches over to a GPRS signal when not in line of site with a GPS signal? I still think a foil blanket may block GPRS signals but they're a lot better as they are airborne signals rather than GPS 'line-of-sight' signals.
The tracker in the links looks like a good un' to me. I bought one last night using the code & had a friendly email back from the director 'Stan' thanking me for my purchase, should be here tomorrow he reckons.

Edited by petehuws, 04 December 2012 - 11:18 AM.


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Posted 04 December 2012 - 11:54 AM


I think these cars are going out of the UK.
The Albianans have gone off Mercs LOL

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Posted 04 December 2012 - 07:00 PM


so are they nickin the posh 70s and late 90s or the tatty 80s ones or just anythin thats minishaped?

Sounds like it's anything they can strip for parts. Not taking any chances my garage has now got extra security bolts fitted out of view on the inside. They would have to basically rip the door out the wall to get into it now and hopefully that would trigger the alarm and maybe draw just a little attention.


I can't find anything suitable for 2 piece, open out doors though

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Posted 04 December 2012 - 09:53 PM



so are they nickin the posh 70s and late 90s or the tatty 80s ones or just anythin thats minishaped?

Sounds like it's anything they can strip for parts. Not taking any chances my garage has now got extra security bolts fitted out of view on the inside. They would have to basically rip the door out the wall to get into it now and hopefully that would trigger the alarm and maybe draw just a little attention.


I can't find anything suitable for 2 piece, open out doors though




What about something like this

http://www.securityd...s_hd_double.php

Expensive but may be available elsewhere cheaper with a bit of searching. Also might be worth fitting an alarm to your garage if you've not got one already. At least then if someone tried to break in it would alert you or neighbours. Even the cheap ones I saw when I was looking are pretty damn loud.

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Posted 04 December 2012 - 09:56 PM




so are they nickin the posh 70s and late 90s or the tatty 80s ones or just anythin thats minishaped?

Sounds like it's anything they can strip for parts. Not taking any chances my garage has now got extra security bolts fitted out of view on the inside. They would have to basically rip the door out the wall to get into it now and hopefully that would trigger the alarm and maybe draw just a little attention.


I can't find anything suitable for 2 piece, open out doors though




What about something like this

http://www.securityd...s_hd_double.php

Expensive but may be available elsewhere cheaper with a bit of searching. Also might be worth fitting an alarm to your garage if you've not got one already. At least then if someone tried to break in it would alert you or neighbours. Even the cheap ones I saw when I was looking are pretty damn loud.


Thank you for that - a reasonable price after spending £££ on my restoration

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Posted 04 December 2012 - 10:02 PM





so are they nickin the posh 70s and late 90s or the tatty 80s ones or just anythin thats minishaped?

Sounds like it's anything they can strip for parts. Not taking any chances my garage has now got extra security bolts fitted out of view on the inside. They would have to basically rip the door out the wall to get into it now and hopefully that would trigger the alarm and maybe draw just a little attention.


I can't find anything suitable for 2 piece, open out doors though




What about something like this

http://www.securityd...s_hd_double.php

Expensive but may be available elsewhere cheaper with a bit of searching. Also might be worth fitting an alarm to your garage if you've not got one already. At least then if someone tried to break in it would alert you or neighbours. Even the cheap ones I saw when I was looking are pretty damn loud.


Thank you for that - a reasonable price after spending £££ on my restoration


No worries. Exactly, if it stops your Mini from getting pinched then it's worth every penny. I know I'd be gutted if someone took mine after spending time and money on it.

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Posted 04 December 2012 - 11:35 PM

No worries. Exactly, if it stops your Mini from getting pinched then it's worth every penny. I know I'd be gutted if someone took mine after spending time and money on it.



Just bought one, £65 including delivery !
Thanks for the heads up again :highfive:

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 08:22 AM

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-20568327

The law changed today so fingers crossed stolen metal will be harder to sell.


They can pay by cheque still (but have to have ID and it does give a name, but I'm sure it can be cashed) and can still pay cash for 'rag and bone men' of no fixed abode so still enough loop holes at the mo :(

A ground anchor and a strong chain with little slack around a sunframe isn't a bad plan

Edited by craig 1010cc, 07 December 2012 - 08:24 AM.


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Posted 26 December 2012 - 06:47 PM

my local pub i go into has had there tool shed broken into it had big steel gate big thick chain and padlock. you look at it and you wouldnt think they would get in at all. they got in no problems looks like they had some big ass snips and just chopped straight threw! took the lot. these ******* ay stupid no more.




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